Fresh off their 16-7 loss to the San Francisco 49ers (box score) the Reds return home to play the Texas Rangers. The game starts at 3:05 p.m. ET. The only broadcast is radio WSAI-1360.
Here is the lineup:
- Jose Peraza 2B
- Tyler Holt CF
- Joey Votto 1B
- Adam Duvall LF
- Jay Bruce DH
- Yorman Rodriguez RF
- Eric Jagielo 3B
- Tucker Barnhart C
- Carlton Daal SS
Tim Melville will start for the Reds.
Michael Lorenzen was scheduled to start but was scratched. Lorenzen says he’s healthy (Rosecrans). Beat writers will ask Price about the swtich when they meet with him at 12:15 p.m. ET. (See update below, cover eyes first.)
Update on Lorenzen: I’m going to pass this along without comment. Because of the site guidelines concerning language.
Lorenzen has “elbow tenderness” and getting a couple of days off, Price said. Was checked out yesterday by Dr. Kremchek
— C. Trent Rosecrans (@ctrent) March 9, 2016
On the bright side, Mark Sheldon reports that the ultrasound on Lorenzen’s elbow showed no serious injury.
Jose Peraza leads off, with Tyler Holt batting second. Three Opening Day starters in the lineup, if you count Adam Duvall.
Say ‘hello’ to Eric Jagielo who makes his first start for the Reds. Jagielo (23) is a power-hitting third baseman who played college ball at Notre Dame. The Reds acquired him from the Yankees in the Aroldis Chapman trade. Questions abound regarding his defense. Justin Merry’s composite ranking of Reds prospects has Jagielo #17. Here is Grant Freking’s scouting report on Jagielo.
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News and Reading
• Good news regarding Raisel Iglesias and the simulated game he pitched yesterday. Mark Sheldon (MLB.com)
Following one more session vs. hitters in camp for Iglesias, Reds manager Bryan Price expected him to make his Cactus League debut Monday vs. the Angels in Tempe. He is expected to make five spring starts and be on schedule for the regular season, likely to pitch from the fifth spot on or around April 10.
“It’s not really a concern from a health perspective,” Price said. “It’s just getting him strong enough to handle the workload and gaining more flexibility, which was an offseason goal, one of the reasons we didn’t start him throwing earlier. I think he’s ready. Realistically he could go into a game right now, but we’re not going to do that.”
• Zach Buchanan (Cincinnati Enquirer) has a long post about Eugenio Suarez. It reports on Suarez’s goals for 2016, building on his 2015 season, taking over at 3B for Todd Frazier and getting advice from you-know-who on hitting to the opposite field.
He’s just as confident about his ability to play third, and just as focused on maximizing his abilities there. He does a lot of reaction drills with infield coach Freddie Benavides before workouts in the mornings, and also takes grounders from Benavides during batting practice.
Even after Benavides stops slapping baseballs at him, Suarez remains in ready position in order to watch the ball coming off the bat of whoever is in the cage. He has yet to take any grounders at short, the position he’s played his entire life.
“It’s been so long. It will be nine months exactly in two days since I got hurt,” Cozart said Tuesday. “I’m looking forward to it. I’m just really excited. I’m interested to see how I’ll feel out there. Each day I come in and get my ground balls and I see the ball live off the bat during batting practice, it gets easier and easier. Everything is slowing down for me. The first day I was out there seeing it, it was ‘Dang, these balls are being hit really hard. I don’t know about this.’ But every day is getting easier and easier. I feel good. I’m a normal guy.”
• Gary Schatz reports on Jumbo Diaz and that the Reds want him to use his splitter and slider more.
Reds bullpen coach Mack Jenkins has been analyzing the pitchers with video charting their pitches. For example, does a pitcher get hit harder when he throws inside to left-handed batters or outside? This has led the Reds to have Diaz work on his other pitches.
“Jumbo has three really good pitches but he has to access those pitches,” Price said. “Everyone knows he’s going to attack at 95-100 miles per hour but to then have to contend with that split as a right-hander hitter or the slider is really tough.”
Reminder: Addison Kimmel on Diaz being too big to fail.
Steve grew up in Cincinnati as a die-hard fan of Sparky’s Big Red Machine. After 25 years living outside of Ohio, mostly in Ann Arbor, he returned to the Queen City in 2004. He has resumed a first-person love affair with the Cincinnati Reds and is a season ticket holder at Great American Ball Park. The only place to find Steve’s thoughts of more than 140 characters is Redleg Nation. Follow his tweets @spmancuso.